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Old 03-17-2006, 08:08 PM   #1
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To hook up 2 computers to the same printer without setting up a network? One option I thought of is a USB splitter that could go from the printer and provide 2 plugs for the computers to connect to. Is this do-able? My dad'* got a Mac and I've got a Dell and the HP printer is compatible with both of them. Any thoughts?


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To hook up 2 computers to the same printer without setting up a network? One option I thought of is a USB splitter that could go from the printer and provide 2 plugs for the computers to connect to. Is this do-able? My dad'* got a Mac and I've got a Dell and the HP printer is compatible with both of them. Any thoughts?


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You might be able to get a USB share switch or something of the sort. But why not install a simple network? Almost all computers have network cards nowadays and you could use a crossover cable if you wanted.
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if it uses a parallel printer port you could get something like this:
http://www.cablesnmor.com/a885028.html

or if it uses USB you could use something like this:
http://catalog.belkin.com/IWCatProdu...duct_Id=120618

i would say the most cost effective option would be to get ahold of a crossover cable, they arent too expensive to buy, and if you have the right kind of friends theyre very easy to make.

You can get a 100 foot crossover cable for about 15 bucks, and the shorter ones are even cheaper. Go to Newegg and pick one up that fits your needs.
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If you want it you can have it. Just send me your address and I'll send it FREEEEEE!!


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That would work quite well except for the fact that it'* a USB printer, not parallel port. I do appreciate the offer though.
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That would work quite well except for the fact that it'* a USB printer, not parallel port. I do appreciate the offer though.
No Problem Anytime......Does anyone else need one of these? LOL
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